Sound Teacher’s Pack


Major Awards

  • Design funded by the National Science Foundation
  • Scientific American’s Young Readers’ Book Award
  • National Parenting Magazine Award, the GOLD
  • Creative Child Magazine Award

List price $30 USD Per Student

SKU: 9907 Category:


  • 40 page science books and materials in multiples of 6, 12 or 24 sets per box.
  • The highly visual, step-by-step instructions enable students to work independently.

Complies with NGSS:

NGSS 1.Waves: Light and Sound
1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-4, 4-PS4-3

Core Disciplinary Ideas:
PS4.A: Wave Properties;
PS4.C: Information Technologies and Instrumentation

Mechanics, Waves & Energy: Sound, Vibration and Waves
Make Vibrations, Bend, Bounce and Absorb Sound Waves. Use an app to measure volume (amplitude). Play with pitch and use an app to generate pitch and associate with frequency. Model Longitudinal Waves with A Slinky. Compare with Transverse Light Waves.


This kit explores Sound and Sound vibrations and culminates in the building of an Edison Style Phonograph, a doable engineering project for sound. With this phonograph students are able to mechanically record and playback their own voices. Step-by-step, highly visual instructions and the use and manipulation of everyday materials clarify the concepts of sound vibrations and sound waves.

Student Experiments

  • Experiment with sound vibrations
  • Explore how and IF sound travels through: solids, liquids, gases or a vacuum
  • Model longitudinal waves with a slinky (slinkies included)
  • Visualize sound vibrations and voice prints on your desktop, tablet or smart phone
  • Learn about ears, hearing and sound vibrations
  • Bounce, absorb, re-direct, focus, echo and amplify sounds with varying surface textures and shapes
  • Play with the loudness of sound and relate it to the amplitude of a wave
  • Use a digital decibel meter to measure the volume of a shout, a whisper, a conversation, a passing vehicle (an engineering approach requires measurement and quantitation)
  • Make musical instruments with water glasses and rubber band guitars
  • Visualize pitch as a frequency using downloaded digitally based frequency generators (the coupling of a pitch to a frequency visually makes this concept accessible to young students)
  • Test hearing with internet based audiometers (on desktops, tablets, smart phones)
  • Learn about the hearing and use of sounds by other species (fish, bats, whales, dolphins, etc)
  • Use home made and internet based devices to hear and understand common sounds from a heart beat to the annoying pitch of a mosquito in terms of hertz
  • Construct an Edison style phonograph to record and playback sounds mechanically
  • Vary and manipulate phonograph components/parameters to explore what affects the quality of the recordings
  • Go to the internet to listen to the first sounds EVER recorded
  • Use the speed of sound to locate a lightning strike
  • Listen to a sonic bomb and watch the sound barrier videos
  • Spin a sound tube to observe the Doppler shift directly and explore the topic further through the internet

These projects build a foundation for understanding sound vibrations and longitudinal waves. Be sure that students discover the fascinating uses of sound including the floatation of objects, the visualization with sonar and ultrasound, and the mixing of fluids without a spoon!

Requires 3 AA-cell batteries per Edison Phonograph

The online teacher lesson plans (Teacher’s Guide sold separately) coordinate the ScienceWiz Sound projects with web-based materials. These include animations, videos, interactives and assessment materials.

Supplemental internet materials allow students to progress at their own pace and to their own level of interest and detail. The web contents are periodically updated by scientists and educators.

These Teacher’s Packs are designed so that students have their own readers and materials. Extensions to the primary projects are feasible as there are sufficient supplies for all. This Pack makes use of a few consumables, such as balloons and aluminum adhesive tape which can be purchased at local stores. Replacement parts can be purchased on this website or by contacting ScienceWiz™.

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